How good is my new Canon 1D Mark IV? I'm just beginning to discover it. The Mark IV goes up to 12,800 ISO and actually even beyond, expanded to 102,400 ISO. So last night I went outside to shoot the palm trees with the moon. I hand held the camera with a 28-135 mm lens. The above photos were shot at 12,800 ISO, f/5.6, 30 mm, 1.3 sec. In the top two photos I only slightly brought up the highlights. In the bottom photo I did nothing.
These photos only begin to capture the magic of night on Sanibel. Coconut Palms are silhouetted against the horizon and their fronds sparkle with moonlight. The bottom photo is of a moon shadow of a Sabal Palm on the sandy road.
When we used to own an house on Sanibel, one of our favorite times was going out at night on our sandy road and walking through the moon shadows, the panorama of a sparkling, starry universe over our heads.